Map showing crimes near BART West Oakland station

BART expands public access to crime data

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (CA) Police Department is now sharing reports of Part 1 crimes with the website CrimeMapping.com.  The site, which compiles crime data from multiple agencies, displays the data on an interactive map.

Users can access the information by going to the CrimeMapping.com website and entering a station name in the search box.  A map will display information about specific crimes at the station along with those committed in the surrounding neighborhood if the local jurisdiction participates in the CrimeMapping program. Users can filter the information by type of crime and time of incident and view the information in a graph or chart. Information is stored for up to 180 days.

“This new effort reflects my department’s commitment to transparency and community oriented policing,” said BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas in a statement. “Now anyone with an Internet connection will be able to see our crime data. These incidents will be displayed in the context of the various communities served by BART.”

Part 1 crimes are defined as homicide, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Image source: CrimeMapping.com

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